Young Persons’ Lecture Competition

Sponsored by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, with support from The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, the Young Persons' Lecture Competition invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lecture on materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science related subjects. Candidates compete in a series of heats organised by local affiliated societies of the Institute, from which seven regional candidates are selected to compete in the national final.

Young Persons' World Lecture Competition

The Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC)  is an extension of the UK Young Persons' Lecture Competition -  the winner of the UK national Young Persons' Lecture Competition goes on to represent the UK at the World Final which is held in a different location each year.  YPWLC is organised by the Student & Early Career Committee and was first held in London in 2005.

Design Innovation in Plastics Competition

Established in 1985, the Design Innovation in Plastics Competition is the longest-running student plastics design competition in Europe and is co-organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Worshipful Company of Horners, an ancient City Livery Company that has forged strong links with the plastics industry.


Starpack has been running since 1960, and is the premier UK annual award scheme recognising innovation in packaging design and technology. Run by The Packaging Society, Starpack constitutes the UK packaging industry’s most prestigious awards, aiming to help raise packaging standards in the UK by rewarding and encouraging creativity. They are considered an integral part of the packaging industry, and the culmination of the Awards at the annual Packaging Industry Dinner is a highlight of the packaging industry calendar. 

Student Design Competition

To coincide with its conference on Advances in Helmet Technology, the IOM3 Defence, Safety and Security Committee, along with the Materials KTN, organised a one-off student competition. The brief was to design the next generation of protective police helmets, and designs were submitted online in November 2010.

Armourers and Brasiers Tata Steel Sixth Form Materials Prize

This is a new competition designed to support schools in encouraging students to develop a sustained interest in STEM careers.  It has been set up to give students structured opportunities to find out more about Materials Science and Engineering and enhance and enrich their studies.

The Prize is a stand-alone project  that is carried out by year 12 students (age 16-17) during one school year.  The top prize is £1500 for the student and £1000 for their school.

RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Medals are considered the most prestigious and established awards in architectural education in the world. For details of how to enter for the awards, or for any other enquiries related to the awards themselves, please see the RIBA President's Medals Student Awards website at